Now that we have a better idea of how we experience our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), let’s discuss cannabinoids and how they work with our body. Scientists have identified 2 cannabinoid receptors: CB1 which are mostly found in the Central Nervous System, and CB2, primarily located in the peripheral nervous system and associated with our immune response. Though they have primary locations, the important thing to remember is that these receptors are everywhere and communicate on a cellular level. A healthy ECS is abundant with endocannabinoids(eCB), which are transmitted to the right location of the body when needed. They work with the CB1 and CB2 receptors like a lock and key.
Phytocannabinoids are basically identical in structure to endocannabinoids, which allows them to bind with your ECS receptors. While eCBs activate a homeostatic effect on the body, phytocannabinoids have the ability to produce changes in our ECS by inducing the production of endocannabinoids. The cannabis plant has 113 (and counting) active compounds of cannabinoids, all of which have a distinct effect on our bodies. Other nutrient rich foods and adaptogens such as cacao, maca, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and many essential oils are also rich in phytocannabinoids. Testing variety, and quantity can be useful to find the right combination for your individual needs, as each food or supplement reacts differently on a chemical level.
Though CBD is also considered a phytocannabinoid, it is unique in how it interacts with this system. Like most phytocannabinoids, CBD encourages the production of endocannabinoids. In addition to this, CBD also helps preserve the integrity of the receptors to minimize their being over activated. This dual activity of CBD directly relates to many of our physical needs as we live on a more modernized and unnatural planet. Our air, water and food alone carries lots of unknown chemicals that can cause our systems to be constantly working and in a state of repair. CBD’s helps take care of these systems that are taking care of us. It directly interacts with our digestive, immune and nervous systems (including Serotonin production and inhibiting pain receptors) making it an incredible medicine that calms and restores balance holistically.
Research into Cannabis led to the discovery of our ECS in the 1990’s. It displayed a direct correlation between our bodies and our environment. From a holistic perspective, our relationship to plants as medicine is part of how we evolved. It is not simply what you ingest, but how you prepare and take in these properties that is integral to their effectiveness. Redeveloping a sensitivity to this relationship infers a greater ability to listen and sense our bodies. By listening and acknowledging the subtle fluctuation that our body is constantly engaging in is part of the healing process, and can help prevent extreme imbalances that are the cause of ailment.
Honey CBD invites you to consider this when introducing our phytocannabinoid rich products into your diet. Our protocols discuss the importance of smell and taste, as well as encourage you to listen and feel your body with greater sensitivity as you test different dosages. Your symptoms will help you discover what combinations you need, but the practice of accruing awareness and nurturing your body on its terms is the key to discovering the cause vs covering the symptoms. Our bodies are what connect us to the earth, and we need this connection now more than ever.
By: Jillian Stein, Co-President